The Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) is a single-source, web-based, repository of policy and guidance available to all FAA employees.
FSIMS allows you to:
All FSIMS pages are divided into three main sections:
There are five FSIMS tabs:
There are nine distinct areas in the Left Panel:
The FSIMS Homepage is the normal starting point for use of the system. The one exception to this rule is that new users who have not yet set their Preferences are taken to the User Preferences page. The Homepage utilizes the tabs and left panel navigation elements found throughout FSIMS.
The center panel of the Homepage contains four elements:
To ensure that the information used is current, the FSIMS software automatically performs checks for recently added or changed documents. The Recent Document List, displayed in the center panel of your FSIMS Homepage, includes both new and modified items. The Recent Document List is filtered according to Preferences settings. The display can show all recent documents or only those matching the Job Category & Specialties information saved by the user.
Each item on the Recent Document List contains three columns of information:
By default, FSIMS sorts the Recent Document List by Document #. The information can be re-sorted using either the Document Title column or the Issue/Rev column. To re-sort, simply click on the desired column's name or the chevron next to the column's name. FSIMS displays the current sort selection just above the Recent Documents List box.
The Recent Documents List can display either all documents in FSIMS or only those that match Job Category and Specialty selections. Go to the Recent Docs section of System Settings under the Preferences tab to indicate your choice. By default, FSIMS filters the Recent Document List to include those items that match your selection. If desired, you can temporarily toggle to the other view by simply clicking the All or Preferences found next to the phrase Change to: found just above the Recent Documents box on the right -hand side. To permanently change your display, go to Recent Docs in the System Settings section of Preferences. The active choice is always displayed just above the Recent Documents List box on the left-hand side.
FSIMS makes it easy to include new or modified documents in your MyFSIMS mobile library. Each item on the Recent Document List has a checkbox to its left. To include documents in your MyFSIMS library, simply click the checkbox of each document you want to include and then click the Add Selected Docs to MyFSIMS button. The dialogue box for downloading documents to your MyFSIMS library will display.
FSIMS displays documents in HyperText Markup Language (HTML) in the center panel. Each document has a bolded header at the top. The header information can include:
Several option buttons are located on the Document Viewer page. The buttons are:
FSIMS provides the PDF and MS Word buttons described above for safe and easy printing of documents. Each page of a document printed generated using these options will contain a special header and footer. The header displays the document title and issue/revision date. When available, the footer shows additional information about the document, including: " Volume " Chapter " Section " Page Number FSIMS places the following warning in the footer of each page printed using the PDF or MS Word button:
UNCONTROLLED COPY WHEN DOWNLOADED
The FSIMS Preferences tab allows you to enter and save information about your Job Category & Specialties. It also allows you to specify preferences for other FSIMS functions. FSIMS uses this information to filter search results, select News Items, and to select the new documents that will appear in your Recent Documents list.
You can select one (and only one) of five Job Categories:
You can also select any or all of the following Specialties:
If you have not yet saved any preferences, FSIMS takes you to the User Preferences page each time you access the system. Once preferences are saved, FSIMS stores the selections on its server and retains them from one session to the next.
You can update and change User Preferences by selecting the Preferences tab or the PREFERENCES link found in the left-hand panel of all FSIMS pages.
TIP: You can easily determine your current User Preferences settings. They are displayed under the PREFERENCES link located in the in the left-hand panel.
System Settings, found on the User Preferences page, determine which documents will appear in the Recent Documents section of the FSIMS homepage. The default setting limits the Recent Documents list to show only those documents within selected Job Category/Specialties. You can change this setting so that the Recent Documents list will display all new or updated FSIMS documents.
The System Settings section also allows you to request email notification when documents are added or updated. Again, you have the option to limit notifications to those documents within your Job Category/Specialty or to receive notification of all new or updated documents.
Selecting the Publications tab displays a page that allows you to view lists of all the documents available in FSIMS. Each document has an associated Publication Index Card (PIC) maintained by the FSIMS Librarian.
Publications are grouped into two basic categories:
Links to FSIMS handbooks and bulletins that are accessible to the public are available within the Public Docs area.
The Active Publication List provides links to current regulatory guidance such as the E-Book, bulletins, Element Performance Inspection (EPI) data collection tools, and job training aids.
The Active Publication List includes an Other Documents link that provides access to several categories of documents, including:
The Inactive Publications List provides links to earlier versions of documents such as Handbooks, Bulletins, Notices and Orders. The Inactive Publications Other link includes all of the inactive documents from the discontinued Policy Subsystem. These document types include Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), Federal Aviation Acts, Handbooks, Legal Interpretations, Medical Guidelines, Policy Memoranda, and Preambles.
FSIMS places a highly visible watermark on the Inactive Publication List page as a reminder that these documents are inactive. The watermark also appears on each and every page of an inactive document when it is viewed or printed
Some FSIMS documents are accessible to the public on web sites outside of FSIMS. These documents are shown on the Public Docs List. Examples of available information include Handbooks, Bulletins, and Notices. Selecting an item from the Public Docs List will open a pop-up window that contains (or leads to) the publication of interest.
Each of the lists above uses expandable/collapsible lists. Click the + sign next to a subject of interest and the view expands to show the next sub-level for that topic. This process continues until the individual document of interest is shown. Click the - sign next to an expanded list and it will collapse.
The FSIMS Librarian creates a Publication Index Card (PIC) for each document. The PIC contains information such as:
There are two ways to view a PIC:
MyFSIMS provides the ability to download documents to your laptop for use 'on the road' and whenever access to the AVS network is not available. Copies of the documents you choose are stored directly on your laptop or other device. The manner in which you search for and view documents is identical whether using FSIMS while connected to the AVS network or using MyFSIMS while off the network. Clicking the MyFSIMS tab displays three links that are discussed in detail below. They are:
The Configure MyFSIMS Library process allows you to add any document in FSIMS to a portable library for use in the field. You must be working on the AVS network to configure and save a MyFSIMS library.
Selecting the Configure MyFSIMS link displays a listing of all of the categories of documents available in FSIMS. As selections are made, FSIMS displays the total number of documents selected, an estimate of disk space required to store the documents, and an estimate of the time required for the document download.
The categories of available documents are:
Two boxes appear to the left of each category on the Configure MyFSIMS Library page.
The left-most box is the controller for an expandable/collapsible list and contains either a plus sign or a minus sign. Click a plus sign and FSIMS rolls-out the next sub-level for that category. Click a minus sign and FSIMS collapses the list to that level.
The other box is a Selection box. It is empty by default. Clicking in a Selection box selects all documents at or below that level or sub-level for inclusion in your MyFSIMS library. FSIMS places a checkmark in the box to indicate the selection. As you roll-out the expandable/collapsible list, selection checkboxes appear at each sub-level. Again, clicking in a selection box at any sub-level includes all documents at or below that sub-level. When only some documents within a category are selected, FSIMS shades the selection box gray. This is a visual cue that only a sub-set of the documents within that category are included in your FSIMS library.
In addition to the controller and selection boxes, FSIMS also uses the folder icon and the document icon. When closed, the folder icon indicates that additional sub-levels are available. Closed folders are always accompanied by a plus sign in the expandable/collapsible list box. Click the folder or the plus sign and the folder changes to an open folder and the next sub-level of information appears. The document icon indicates that you are at the document level and no further sub-levels are available.
Save buttons are located at the top and bottom of the Configure MyFSIMS Library page. Clicking one of the Save buttons causes the MyFSIMS configuration to be stored on the FSIMS server. A prompt then asks, "Would you like to Update MyFSIMS Library now?" If you answer yes (recommended), the Update process will begin and FSIMS downloads your selections. After configuring MyFSIMS, the software automatically will check to determine if any of the documents you have chosen require updating.
After configuring MyFSIMS, the software automatically checks to see if any of the documents in your portable library need updating. You can also initiate the process by selecting the Update MyFSIMS Library link on the MyFSIMS page.
If updates are available, the Update MyFSIMS Library window will open. This window provides the number of updates available and how long it has been since your last update. You can elect to get the updates immediately (running automatically in the background or manually in the foreground), or you can elect to postpone the update and schedule a reminder.
Update in the Background
This is the simplest way to synchronize a library. Click one button, the update runs behind the scenes, and you are free to do other work. With the Update MyFSIMS Library notification window displayed, leave the default Begin Processing and run in background radio button selected and click the "Get Updates Now" button. An FSIMS UPDATES icon appears on the Windows taskbar, indicating that the process is running. You can hover over the icon to see the progress of the update. Click the icon to see the Update MyFSIMS Library list window. This window contains detailed information about the number of documents and time remaining to complete the download.
Update in the Foreground
Select the Show me the details before starting radio button before clicking on the Get Updates Now button and FSIMS displays detailed information about the update so you can monitor its progress. The Update MyFSIMS Library list window appears. This window displays a list showing the name and number of each document to be updated. It also shows estimates of the amount of disk space and time required for the synchronization. The window indicates the current status of each document in the list:
You have the option to click on the Run in background (minimized) checkbox once the update has begun. FSIMS will minimize the Update MyFSIMS Library list window and place an FSIMS UPDATES icon on the Windows taskbar indicating the process is running. You can hover over the icon see the progress of the update. Click the icon to return to the UPDATE MYFSIMS Library list window.
You can postpone an update at any point in the process. There are two ways to postpone updates:
Either way, FSIMS displays a dialog box where you can choose the length of time until a reminder prompts you to complete the update. There is a 30-day maximum on time limit on the reminder.
There are two ways to open MyFSIMS:
FSIMS Quick Tour at eLMS
The FSIMS Quick Tour is an 8 minute audio-visual presentation that introduces all the major features of the FSIMS software. Start with the Quick Tour if you are new to FSIMS.
Click the link below to go to the DOT electronic Learning Management System (eLMS) homepage.
The FSIMS Tutorial consists of several lessons that you will complete in sequential order. Each lesson demonstrates an FSIMS activity and then guides you through the performance of the same actions.
Click the link below to go the eLMS homepage.
Bridging Documents gives you the ability to map information in the new E-Book to earlier versions of the Aviation Inspector handbooks 8300.10, 8400.10 and 8700.1, as well as Handbook Bulletins.
Click the link below to access Bridging Documents.
Click the link below to open a window containing the version number and release date of this version of the FSIMS software.
FSIMS provides five different ways to search for documents. Each of the search strategies is discussed in detail below, including step-by-step instructions to guide you through the use of each method. The six searches available are:
A Quick Search finds all active documents that contain the word or phrase entered in the text entry field. Quick Search is available in the left-hand panel of all FSIMS pages, except for the Advanced Search page.
Quick Search is fast and easy to use. Simply enter a search word or phrase in the Quick Search text entry field and then click the Go button. You do not need any special characters (quotation marks, etc.) when entering a phrase. A list of all active documents matching your entry is displayed in the FSIMS viewer. Note that the Quick Search result is not limited by your User Preferences.
The Quick Search text entry field accepts the wildcard characters " ? " and " * ". Click below to see examples of the use of wildcard characters.
Advanced Search gives you the capability to refine a search in several important ways. Refining your search will limit the number of documents returned by your query. Some of the refinements you can make include:
Either/or refinements are made by simply clicking radio buttons or choosing from drop down pick menus.
An Advanced Search retrieves documents based on the contents of all the text entry fields, associated Boolean operators, selections in the Areas of Interest and Publication Type sections and User Preferences.
Wildcards can be used in any of the Advanced Search text entry fields.
RGL & FSIMS Search gives you the capability to search across two databases simultaneously. This search will return results found in FSIMS as well as the Regulatory and Guidance Library. Because of the large amount of records contained within both these resources, a maximum of 500 will be returned. The results will be sorted by relevance, a calculated number, based in part on the number of occurrences and positions of the search term and how closely the search term matches.
RGL & FSIMS Search gives you the capability to limit your search to specific Publication Types. Refining your search will limit the number of documents returned by your query. Some of the Publication Types you can select include:
This option finds words with the base word plus certain suffixes. For example, a search for "fly" will also find "flying" and “flyer." It will not find the variation "flown," or “flight” however, because the base word has changed, or "flyed" because the suffix is not acceptable with that word.
Example of a Word Variant Search
If you want documents with both test and tests, just enter test and check that box. This will also find other variants like testing and tester.
A Fuzzy Search is a type of search that looks for approximate matches to the word you entered. This allows you to search for words when you are uncertain of the correct spelling. The fuzzy search uses variations on a method commonly called "soundex", which looks for words that sound approximately like the word you entered. One example is searching for "rotocraft" will return documents containing "rotorcraft".
Example of a Fuzzy Search
If you do a search for the word “dice” with the Fuzzy Search option not selected, you will not get any results. If you do the same search with the Fuzzy Search option selected, you will get a number of results because the search is assuming a misspelling and will return all documents that contain either the word “deice” or “ice”.
Area of Interest Search
An Area of Interest search lets you search the E-Book according to its structure. The Area of Interest list is found in the left-hand panel of all FSIMS pages. Click an Area of Interest and FSIMS displays a page showing an expanded view of that subject area along with its related Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts.
The Areas of Interest available are:
The Library by Subject search capability allows you to search the E-Book by subject area rather than using key words or phrases. The list of subjects is found at the top of the FSIMS Home page. The subjects available are:
Click on any of the subjects and FSIMS displays a list of all relevant E-Book documents sorted by Area of Interest, volume, chapter, and section. A drop-down filter is available that will restrict the result to a particular CFR Part.
The Index search provides an alphabetical listing of the contents of the E-Book. The first page of the listing shows all of the entries that begin with the letter 'A'. Other pages of the listing can be displayed by selecting the appropriate letter from the alphabet displayed above the list. Simply click a title to view a document on the list.
Wildcard Characters can be used in both FSIMS Quick Searches and Advanced Searches. FSIMS uses two wildcard characters. They are:
The '*' character is particularly useful when used at the end of a word. It serves as a root expander and allows you to retrieve all variations on the root term.
Examples of Wildcard Use
The search word 'De-ice?' returns any document containing De-ice followed by any other single character such as, De-iced, De-icer, etc.
The search word 'De-ic* returns any document containing De-ic followed by other character or characters such as, De-ice, De-icing De-iced, etc. When used at the end of a search word, the '*' provides a more inclusive search.
You can search for a particular e-book volume, chapter and/or section by entering that information into the quick search or advanced search text box. To find a specific document, use the word(s) volume, chapter, and/or section in the search. Vol cannot be used for volume; ch or chap cannot be used for chapter; sec or sect cannot be used for section. Enter the words in the order specified, and do not separate the references by a comma. Examples of data entered into a search text field and the search results:
FSIMS Advanced Search provides an easy to use Boolean search capability. The available Boolean operators are:
The And operator returns documents containing the original search word or phrase and the word or phrase contained in the And text entry field. For example, a search of 'Deicing' in the main text entry field and 'equipment' in an And Boolean text entry field returns all documents containing both words.
The Or operator returns all documents containing:
For example, a search with 'deicing' in the main text entry field and 'equipment' in the text entry field next to an Or operator returns all documents containing either deicing or equipment or both.
The Not operator returns all documents that match the other search words or phrases in your query but do not contain the word or phrase in the Not text entry field.
For example, a search with 'delay' in the main text entry field and 'weather' in the text entry field next to a Not operator returns all documents containing delay but not weather.
When you perform a Quick Search or an Advanced Search, the documents that meet your criteria display on the Search Results page, which:
The Search Results page allows you to:
The Search Results List sorts documents into five views. They are:
The Handbook view displays by default. You can select any of the other views by simply clicking on the name of the view desired. FSIMS identifies the view currently selected by giving it a blue background.
FSIMS displays up to 100 matches on each Search Results page. If a list contains more than 100 matches, hyperlinks are provided at the top and bottom of each Search Results page.
The Full Query that FSIMS used to generate the search is shown at the bottom of each Search Results page.
Each document in a Search Results List has a checkbox to its left. Click a box or boxes and then select the Add Selected Documents to MyFSIMS button at the bottom of the Search Results page to place documents in your portable library.
Some documents in a Search Results List will have a gold key next to the checkbox. The gold key indicates that the word or phrase used in the search is also a designated key word for that document.
To view a document on the Search Results List, click on the document title. FSIMS displays the document in HyperText Markup Language (HTML) in a scrollable window. Once the document is displayed, buttons provide several options. They are: